A colleague shared this video at staff prayer earlier this week. It’s so amusing because of its element of truth…
But there is a serious reminder for us in this clip too. If I were a betting person, I would wager a considerable amount of money that for almost all of our 80 teaching staff, it brought to mind a student or two. Yet if this were a real life situation, and not just a cute skit with kids’ voices dubbing the actors – with whom would the problem lie? Sure, the student is clearly struggling with the basics, but the teacher does not change strategy, instead persisting with one that clearly does not suit the student’s learning style.
This makes me reflect on how people tend to gravitate towards their own learning style. We are all guilty of it at times. In fact, it can be very difficult to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and teach with a different approach. Yet we need to, otherwise we are doing our students a disservice.
So while I giggle at this video, I am also reminded of the conscious effort I need to make in my classes to ensure equity of access to learning.